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YouMakeYou In Action: Ashley Drummonds

YouMakeYou In Action: Ashley Drummonds

30 Day Blogging Challenge #22

Yesterday I went on a rant about passion— how we need to stop searching for it and instead let it find us, where in most cases it already has, we just then have to accept it and tear down the walls of social standards halting us from being with it.

Today, I want to share with you a story of incredible passion, just to prove that I am right.  LOL jk not at all— just because not only is this a story of passion but one of embodying the YouMakeYou® mindset.

Meet Ashley Drummonds:

Tell us a little about yourself: Hi, I’m Ashley Drummonds and I am the creator of ABS Protein Pancakes. Before I created ABS, I worked in the fitness industry, training clients and doing photo shoots. During this time I was on a really strict diet that didn’t allow a lot of foods, especially pancakes. When I was asked to do another photo shoot, I realized that I wanted to be happy, beautiful, enjoy food again, and to be slim and fit and that is when I realized I wanted to be Authentic, Beautiful, and Strong… I wanted to be ABS. This is when I decided to create a new path and start ABS to help others achieve these goals and enjoy what they ate. Currently, there are 3 delicious flavors of ABS Protein Pancakes. Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Roll and Vanilla Cake Batter that literally lets you eat 4 delicious protein pancakes all for almost the same nutrition as a protein shake! I mean, I am not a protein drink fan I would much rather eat pancakes and waffles for my nutrition. (RETWEET -Colby)

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For me, there was a defining moment when I knew I wanted to make YouMakeYou® something larger than a personal hobby and something that could allow me to empower others, was there a defining moment of which you knew that ABS was it for you? ABS is actually an acronym for Authentic Beauty and Strength, which is the whole mission behind the ABS Protein Pancakes. The slogan “I got my ABS while eating Pancakes” has a double meaning because yes the nutrition on the ABS Protein Pancakes is so clean and healthy that it is part of a healthy meal plan, but also going through my own struggle of dieting and depriving my body just to get those 6 pack abs I wanted to find a way for people to enjoy their favorite foods (which mine was breakfast foods like pancakes) while also being able to have the body they want.

What you have done with building a community around ABS Protein Pancakes is amazing, have you faced threeany challenges in chasing your dream? If so, how have you overcome them? Absolutely! One of the biggest challenges I think that most people come up against and I have dealt with myself is believing in yourself and your dream when nobody else sees the vision or agrees with you. When I first started the ABS Protein Pancakes, so many people told me that it would never work, it was a bad idea, or they just thought I was crazy!  I overcame the challenge of other people’s doubts and opinions simply by staying true to myself and constantly reminding myself of my “why”. Why I want to do it, why I even started and focusing on the long term goal of the business and product. I knew I wanted to help people enjoy their favorite foods while sticking to their fitness and nutrition goals and I also knew I wanted to help empower other women to believe in their dreams and passions. In order to do that, I had to learn how to believe in my own dreams and passions first and see it the whole way through before I could teach others and be an example as I do for my business coaching clients now.

What is your favorite motivational quote?

DREAM BIG.  Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from accomplishing something because once you decide what you want in life, everything in the universe immediately conspires to help you a

chieve it.

If you could give a young entrepreneur one piece of advice, what would it be?  Trust yourself above anyone else. Sometimes when we feel stuck or things slow down we think it’s because we don’t have enough skill, enough education, or enough or something that we have to go out and find a coach or mentor to tell us what to do when the truth is we all have an internal compass that navigates our journey. Not that I think there is ABS pancakesanything wrong with a coach or mentor because sometimes we just need those people to remind us of how to trust our intuition, but I think it’s important we always get quiet within ourselves and trust that inner voice to guide us.

What do the words ‘You Make You’ to you?  To me, YouMakeYou® is about giving people the freedom to create the body and life they want on their own terms. Our society tries to put so much pressure on women to have to fit in this box or this mold of who they are, what they look like, what size they are, etc when the truth is everyone is different and we all have to decide what is right for us and the life that we want. You make you means you have the opportunity to create life the way you want it to be instead of following what everyone else wants it to be for you.

Perfect stack of pancakes? Go. ABS Vanilla Cake Batter Pancakes topped with stevia sweetened greek yogurt, sliced strawberries and rainbow sprinkles!! It tastes just like Strawberry Shortcake!!

 

Thank you Ashley for taking the time to share your story. You Made You 😉

Be sure to check Ashley out — IG, website — and get yourself a bag of ABS, they are so gooood and the macros are wonderful. My personal favorite is the chocolate chip.

 

See you tomorrow!

xoxo YouMakeYou,

Colby

 

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Why we don’t take our own advice … and how to start.

Why we don’t take our own advice … and how to start.

You have one life to live.  THIS life.  Decide what you want, and take it.  The power is yours.  How many times have you read that line from me? Many.  And yes, it is true.  I full heartedly believe in self-empowerment and have experienced firsthand the grand power the mind holds.   However, there are a lot of things that I want, that I do not believe in myself, or make the moves to achieve.

Talk to him about it, tell him how you feel.

Stop eating your entire weight in cereal on a weekly basis.

Knuckle down and spend the time to accomplish it.

This is advice I would give you.  More importantly, I would believe these statements and empower you with all I had to do the same.  However, if I told myself these things—actually I do tell myself these things—I wouldn’t believe the validity or see the answer in them. I don’t believe them when it is me on the receiving end.

No, I am not a fraud.  I am just a human, and as humans we struggle to take our own advice.  It is not that our advice is false, because it is not, it is simply that when we give ourselves advice, we find a way to believe we are an exception and our minds work to justify why the advice doesn’t apply to us.  It is frustrating.  It really is. It is like a plague—the person we should trust the most, we often trust the least.

Yes, I am going all Engineer on you again.  Here is the scientific reasoning:

As yourself, you know everything: your thoughts, your emotions, your background, your desires, your everything.  Therefore, any decision becomes a subjective one, and you lose the ability to rationalize your thinking.  Everything you suggest to yourself is affected by your emotions and the questioning of your mind.  Think about it like this… when you ask someone to give you advice, all they have to their knowledge is the hard facts you supply them with.  Sure, you could let your opinion be heard, or your emotions come out, but the ‘advice giver’ is easily able to dissect the facts from the feelings and spit back to you an objective, rational answer.  However, if you were to sit in a room with yourself, you not only have the facts running around, but you have your emotions and desires tainting them, pulling them left and right, twisting them up and down, eventually causing you to lose sight of the basic scenario, and the rationality of the situation.  We often find a way to convince ourselves that we are the exception to our own advice or the advice doesn’t apply to us.  This is a figment of our emotions.  Concurrently, this is our internal struggle to look deeply inward and be ‘harsh’ on ourselves.  Emotions cause us to hesitate to delve deeper into these feeling, and to push past them and get to the truth on the inside. We feel emotions and we stop—we don’t want to go deeper.  We don’t want to dissect them.  We don’t want to be ‘harsh’ and bring ourselves back to reality.  This is why we take others advice more easily than our own.  1. They don’t feel the emotions we feel, therefore they have the ability to objectify the decision rationally and 2. They aren’t afraid to be full heartedly real with the truth.

OK, cool, that was demoralizing.  No, that was not the point—those are just the facts.  This happens to everyone and it is OK.  Being human is OK.  More than OK, actually.  But, here are some tips I have discovered to help you defeat this barrier between yourself and.. well yourself.

Bounce of of others.  Give yourself advice, and then “double check” it with a friend.

Write it out.  Write out the situation and then read it as someone looking in.  Respond how you would if a friend were coming to you with the same situation.

Stop being so harsh on yourself.  Do you know the saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated”? Well, it works both ways.  TREAT YOURSELF the way you would treat others.  We are far too often incredibly harsh on ourselves in our minds.  However, 9/10 times the things we say, or think, to ourselves we wouldn’t say to another person.  There is no need for this.

Stop saying “I should” and just do.  A simple change in word choice can make a world of difference.

Whatever your ‘but’ case is, flip it. Usually the thing keeping us from taking our own advice is the ‘but’.   I should talk to him but I am nervous he isn’t interested. No, flip it. I am nervous he isn’t interested but I should talk to him because I am not positive.  I should apply for another job because I am not happy but I don’t want to offend my co-workers so I won’t.  No. I don’t want to offend my co-workers but I should apply for another job because I am not happy. Get the idea?

 

We have one life to live, THIS life, YOUR life.  Decide what you want, and take it.  TRUST YOURSELF to get you there.

YOU MAKE YOU.

Xoxo, Colby

P.S. If you can’t find me on Instagram, I have updated my name to be.happyhealthyfit !

 

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